Common understanding as a basis for coordination

Miia Jaatinen, Rita Lavikka

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The purpose of this paper is to develop further a theoretical framework of common understanding and explore the role of common understanding in coordination.
A constructive action research approach was employed applying abductive reasoning to develop new models with practical relevance.
A new framework of the elements of common understanding and a new theory of communication as a mechanism for coordination.
Research limitations/implications:
As a longitudinal case study and part of a multiple case‐study, the findings are generalized to theory which should be further developed.
Practical implications:
Presents a framework for developing shared meanings to achieve better coordination in collaborative service provisioning.
Presents a new model of common understanding, a refined approach to coordination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-167
Number of pages21
JournalCorporate Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • common understanding
  • communication
  • coordination
  • networked business
  • sense-making


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